THE Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre now joins Torrevieja’s list of facilities being closed by the council.
Councillor for Planning, Fanny Serrano, said it was closed due to the lack of an opening licence and called it “irresponsible” of the previous PP government team to “put at risk the safety of thousands of people” to open the centre in 2005 without the necessary authorisations: “We have to be responsible.
What if something was to happen on the premises and we did not act?” As a result, the government team, led by Mayor Jose Manuel Dolon (Greens) has decided on the closure of the Virgen del Carmen after realising it has no licence.
The centre was used to house the activities of several municipal schools like painting, dance and photography, over its three floors. It also has an auditorium with 300 seats and regularly hosts events and exhibitions.
Through dealing with new requests to use the cultural centre, the governing team discovered the necessary paperwork and licences for its opening were not in place. The town hall said technicians will now carry out an urgent inspection. If everything is in order, activities can resume.
The closure comes after the municipal theatre was also closed.
Meanwhile, the former mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, has criticised the closure of the municipal buildings saying it is not justified and is being used by the local government “as a smokescreen” to cover management issues.